Congress.gov Launches Beta

 

The Library of Congress has announced the launch of Congress.gov, a new resource for United States legislative information. Congress.gov was created as the successor to THOMAS (http://thomas.loc.gov/) the current public site for federal legislative. The new site, which is currently being beta tested, contains legislation from the 107th Congress (2001) to the present, member of Congress profiles from the 93rd Congress (1973) to the present, and selected member profiles from the 80th through the 92nd Congresses (1947 to 1972). Over the next two years, Congress.gov will be adding information and features, eventually incorporating all of the information currently available on THOMAS. Users of Congress.gov can search across all of the content in the system (as of the launch, this includes bill text, summary and status, and Member profiles), refine results, quickly see the status of a bill on a timeline, and view the new Member pages with legislation sponsored and cosponsored. Congress.gov is also designed to dynamically fit the size of the user's screen, whether it is a monitor, a tablet, or a smartphone. The launch of Congress.gov marks the first public announcement of the eventual end of THOMAS, which will be deactivated once all content from it is migrated to Congress.gov.